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clownybeth
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I substitute pickles for the jelly in this trick. Several times I pretended I was going to eat the peanut butter and pickles, but before I did, I jokingly asked the audience if they also wanted to partake in this delicacy. Each time, some kid actually accepted my invitation and ATE the peanut butter and pickles. I was relieved, since this meant I didn't have to! I don't do this ending anymore, because 1) I was afraid a kid would get sick after eating this combo and 2) I really didn't want to have to eat it myself.
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I like Sock Puppet Monkey's epipen idea. That could be really funny with the right audience.
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Quote:
On 2011-04-04 13:27, kazam65 wrote:
I do a version similar to the one Dick Stoner does, which can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUic5FZVIOI


I hope the kids are more impressed than Dustin is!
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I do the PB&J (and have written about my routine several times on the Café so I won't repeat it here) and produce a real sandwich at the end. I have the child look in the bag and announce that it's in there. Then I reach in and pull it out and ask the child if there is anything else in the bag (to prove that it's not just the two pieces of bread they saw go into the bag.) I then peel the two pieces apart enough to show that it is in fact, a real sandwich. I then turn the bag upside down to illustrate it's empty. Then I take a bite from the sandwich and say, "and it's a real sandwich."

My build up with the kid is that when I present the bag with the loaded sandwich to the child, I say they are going to make every adult in the room jealous because they (the adults) wish they could put two pieces of bread in a bag, wave a magic wand, say some magic wands and produce a real peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I usually get a lot of nods in agreement from the parents. Then I say that if the kid does it, she'll get a huge applause--which is my cue to remind the parents to cheer when the sandwich is revealed to be real.

This is a real keeper. One of the strongest routines in my act. Even if the kid is allergic to peanut butter, which I try to avoid, she never touches it.
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What bag do you all use? I have used the gaffed bag that Mark Wilson shows how to make in his book, but I wonder if there is something better out there?

Thanks!

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I use a double bag with the top rolled down a couple times. The load is in the bottom between the two bags. I am not sure why, but I have always put the bread into a ziplock baggin before putting them in the bag, then I have the child hold the bag closed very tightly to keep anything from getting in or out. I make big deal out of not letting go of the bag. This means that even at the end when I am ready to reveal the pbandj sandwich they don't let go of the bag. So, I tear the bag open at the bottom and pull out the sandwich. I just crumple up the bag with the two slice of bread inside and toss it over my head behind my backdrop.
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My bag has 'Tommy' and a big heart on it; mom's can be so embarrassing. In the bottom is the PB&J with a piece of brown-bag-covered cardboard over it. I have the assistant hold up the bread, and then I take the two slices, lower it into the bag, and as I speculate an where we can put it 'So everybody can see it, someplace pretty, Mary's head!' I turn to face her and flip the bread, cardboard, and sandwich assembly over.

The bag goes on her head with her hands holding it in place, and at the end, I can take the bag and jiggle the sandwich into her hand as she reaches inside. As she splits open the sandwich, I stand holding the bag inverted. The cardboard false bottom keeps the two slices of bread in place and makes it easy to hold the bag.
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Beowulf: That is a GREAT idea. I hope it is okay to steal it.

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Is this all we got?

The sandwich thing?

C'mon fellas,try thinking outside of the lunchbox.

I don't do this effect but the appearing filler ending seems like one fairly average solution to this problem and it seems like noone can be bothered to try something different.

I'm not really impressed with the sandwich thing. Sorry Brian, it's just not doing it today.

Firstly, it's a bit weird doing tricks with food stuff. It seems a bit squidgy and sloppy and unhygenic (not to mention the allergy thing).

Secondly, it's not that impressive or very visual. It's just weird. The amazing appearing filling?

Thirdly, it's not that logical. It's like someone drew a mind map with one line coming out of it.

Peanut butter and jelly---->sandwich.

It doesn't really link up with the rest of the routine apart from the fact that the same products are used.

What about a picnic theme? That way you can bring out a small tablecloth and use that to produce something as the finish. Or link it up to another picnic themed effect.

What about loading other items into the cups a la chop cup?

What about a store theme about buying peanut butter and jam? Link it up to an effect about money or other products you purchased?

I like bananas in my sandwich too. Why not include multiplying bananas?

Why not bake the bread for your sandwich and do a baking routine.

If you're a pirate why not fill one of the jars with snot or claim it's raspberry jam and make fart sounds everytime you open the lid.

If you're a crazy Englishman, try pasta!

If you're going the sandwich route surely making the bread appear at the end would be more visual and logical than making the filling appear in the bread.

Why not use this effect as part of a longer routine. It doesn't last long so it would be a fun bit in the middle of another effect.

There's loads of ways of using or ending this routine. Why does everyone stick with the one already thought of? It's a bit rubbish.

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Dan--help yourself. I also load the bag with my month-old leftovers: sponge sausages, a bone, a rubber fish. And some pink noodles (hat coil). After I take out all that stuff, the bag must be empty...

Rubbish?

I use PB&J in my school shows, usually in the Caféterium, and it is most logical as most of them brought their lunches that day. I turn to my magic table, see the bag, and wonder who this Tommy guy is. Once I realize he is I, I'm embarrassed that I brought my lunch stuff, not my magic stuff. "Is it okay if I do magic with ..."

And I get "Hey, how did he..." from the reveal of the switch followed by gasps from students and teachers alike when Mary splits open the sandwich. Impressive and visual.

Rubbish? Thierry Henry's Maradona slap was rubbish!

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Well Tom, it sounds like you've got it all pretty well worked out into a logical and relevant routine. Although I still think there would be more impressive and visual endings to this effect.

George

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This is the easiest and non messy way I do it.At home before the show I use 2 pieces of bread. Cut them both in half. Make a PB&J with 2 halves.Put them in a sandwich baggie. Put the other 2 pieces in a sandwich baggie. During set up I take the PB&J out of the baggie and lay it on the bottom of a paper lunch bag.Throw away the sandwich baggie. Put the plain halves in it's sandwich baggie in the paper bag. Now the paper bag has a half PB&J sandwich and 2 halves of bread in a baggie.During performance I do the silliness of having the jars switch places and back but no one believes me. "I'll prove it". Bring a child with you on stage. Take the baggie out of the paper bag and show 2 plain pieces. Put these in the paper bag but while your hand is out of sight squish the bread into a little ball palmed in your hand.Immediately pick up the baggie on the table as you say"we wont be needing this anymore" and throw it and the ball of bread into your case or table out of sight. Close the bag and hand it to the child. Have him stand between the 2 different jars. Magic words, reveal that the jars have switched then have him open the bag. Open the 2 halves to show a great climax.
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Nice one, Rev Bill. Putting the volunteer between the jars makes sense. And the bag can be examined.
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Okay, call me ignorant, but I have never understood the entire P&B sandwich thing. What in the WOLRD does the whole "Die Box" effect have to do with a sandwich appearing? The effect, as I perceive it, is that two jars trade places. For no apparent reason, a sandwich is the result? Where's the logic? What's the point? It's like doing "Pizza Oven Surprise" and having a bunch of napkins fall out at the end.
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I think RevBill's approach addresses those concerns. Read his routine, as posted above - it's not about a sandwich appearing. The bread goes in the bag visibly. The volunteer stands between the PB&J jars. Now, when the PB&J trade places, presumably they do so by dematerializing and flying invisibly through the air. Some happens to get stuck, or rematerialize, between the slices of bread in the bag, just as invisible airborn particles visibly manifest on the filter of your HVAC. The final reveal, rather than being an awkward "add-on" effect, further proves that the ingredients traveled. Or at least you can certainly sell it that way. Nice one, RevBill.
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Rev Bill, I really like that!

Thanks for sharing. Some great thoughts, and I appreciate all your feedback (to everyone).

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Hey Starr, Glad it's not just me who thinks that!

I don't really buy Maxfield's quantum physics explanation either. It's a bit of a stretch. 5 year olds have never seen The Fly.

I don't think the sandwich is a bad solution to the problem, I think it's adequate. It's just a bit of a shame that everyone latches on to the first adequate solution offered.
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If memory serves me correctly, when I saw Timothy Wenk perform this at his lecture,the jars were to be used as a Hippity Hop Rabbit effect. The "proof" that they really did travel was that some of the PB & J somehow magically got trapped on the bread. I really can't see the problem in that. To a child it makes logical sense. It also drives adults crazy. I once had an engineer from NSA offer me money for the secret. Sometimes we as magicians lose the whole reason why we do what we do. "Entertainment comes first". Why does everything have to make sense to adults?
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They are traveling through the air and some of it gets stuck and materializes inside the bread?

Really?

SO ...is the effects a die box/hippity hop/et. al., or is it that bread magically becomes a sandwich?

I think you guys are stretching for a reason because somebody somewhere (Wenk?) says this is the way it should be.

Heck, Rev Bill, following your logic ("Why does everything have to make sense to adults?") we might as well start with an empty bag, and have a frog inside it at the end. I am sure kids would like THAT, too.
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A frog sounds good. Maybe he could eat the sandwich.
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